It Was A Week About Closure

This Week
When a peculiar fellow named John Mark Karr emerged earlier this week as a suspect in the JonBenet Ramsey murder, there was a collective sigh of relief. There finally seemed to be some closure to a mystery that had perplexed authorities, the nation, and nourished the tabloids for a decade.

"I was with JonBenet when she died," Karr told a swarm of reporters. "Her death was an accident."

They were chilling words no one thought they'd ever hear, and almost immediately Karr's image was splashed all over the media, on every news network, on every paper. This oddly feminine-looking guy, whose old high school classmates and former students described him as a loner, was suddenly the most studied person on the planet.

Within hours, though, doubts about this school teacher's blunt confession began to surface. His ex-wife said she was with him during Christmastime in 1996, when the 6-year-old pageant princess was murdered. Was Karr the killer or just some twisted man obsessed with the grizzly Colorado murder? Something just wasn't quite right.

In this midst of this media whirlwind (which you might call perfect timing), embattled actor-director Mel Gibson quietly pled no contest to a misdemeanor drunken driving charge in Malibu, Calif., closing the law book on his anti-Semitic tirade scandal in which he spewed awful remarks at the Jewish arresting deputy. Gibson's arraignment was originally scheduled for Sept. 28 but was moved forward after a request by his attorney.

On Thursday, Gibson received three years probation, vowed to immediately enter rehab, and will star in public service announcements on the hazards of drinking and driving. The jury is still out on whether or not his career will recover.

2Boy George might be able to offer Mel some advice on atonement. The '80s pop icon hit the streets of New York City this week to fulfill his court-ordered "exercise of humiliation" by becoming a trash collector for five days, his penance for filing a false police report in March.

Sporting a hilarious potato-sack like jumpsuit (which will be the inspiration for many a Halloween costume this season) George was heckled by reporters as he swept and shoveled debris off the street, all the while keeping his cool.

"You think you're better than me?" he yelled at the paparazzi. "Go home. Let me do my community service."

"This is supposed to be making me humble. Let me do this," he said later. "I just want to do my job." George's embarrassment was palpable.